Newsroom.co.nz agency story
Prime Minister Helen Clark says no classified information has been
accessed by foreign nations attempting to hack into government computer
Security Intelligence Service head, Warren Tucker, told the Dominion
Post that government websites have been attacked, information has been
stolen and software has been installed that could be used to take
control of computer systems.
Neither Mr Tucker nor Ms Clark would identify which countries were
conducting cyber espionage against New Zealand, but both pointed to
reports of other countries recently experiencing similar attacks.
Earlier this month reports said Chinese military hackers had found their
way into a Pentagon defense system in June, and German chancellor,
Angela Merkel, has recently raised the issue of Chinese military
infiltration into German government computers with Chinese Premier Wen
Officially, China has denied the attacks, citing "specific laws" against
Ms Clark told reporters today that the hackers had not succeeded in
accessing classified information, and the attacks were not unique to New
"What I can stress is that absolutely no classified information has ever
been penetrated by these attacks," she said.
The Financial Times recently quoted sources who said the incursions were
coming from the Chinese People's Liberation Army, in what appears to be
ongoing attempts to perfect asymmetrical warfare capabilities.
Asymmetrical warfare involves countries which do not possess the same
level of military power as their bigger enemies, adopting dissimilar
tactics to wage conflict.
The PLA has been working since the mid-1990s to perfect its
unconventional warfare capabilities. Hacking into an enemy's computer
networks is a tactic in which China has a particular interest, since the
U.S. and most Western militaries rely heavily on computerised defense
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